Lessons In Truth - Lesson 5 - Annotation 2
What is the purpose of affirmations? What part do affirmations play in the fulfillment of our desires?
2. The primary purpose of affirmations is to build a consciousness of the presence of God; a consciousness of Truth; a consciousness of God as absolute good, as the only presence and power in the universe.
In our daily living, affirmations are used to train and direct our mind into right habits of thinking and feeling concerning everything in us and in our world. After we have erased error beliefs by denials, we replace them with new beliefs by the use of affirmations, or statements of Truth. When an idea of Truth concerning our health, the health of a loved one, or an idea concerning our affairs or our human relationships is presented by an affirmation, a little time may elapse before it is completely absorbed by the subconscious phase of mind, or feeling nature.
"For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little" (Isa. 28:10).
The practice of any skill or art requires repetition in order that it may become an automatic function. The repetition by the conscious phase of mind of a Truth idea by the use of an affirmation presents the idea to the feeling nature (subconscious phase of mind) until it becomes natural to respond to the God qualities of love, power, life, faith, understanding.
Another vital purpose of affirmation is to bring ideas out of God-Mind into the realm of manifestation or formed things.
Affirmation does not in any way change God. It does, however, quicken in us a response to the good. This response brings our supply in the form of ideas that are awaiting expression through us.
Affirmation plays a very important part in the fulfillment of desire. Affirmation is a claiming of the good that is ours as a divine heritage, and it sets the pattern on which the conscious phase of mind may think. It is a step toward fulfillment of desire because it puts us in contact with the law that assures the fulfillment.
Repetition of an affirmation is very important because the idea embodied in the affirmation then becomes a permanent pattern in the feeling nature, or subconscious phase of mind. When these two functions of mind, the conscious thinking and the subconscious feeling, are in accord the idea has become established in our consciousness where it now acts spontaneously to bring the fulfillment of our desires.
Preceding Entry: What is an affirmation?
Following Entry: What is the power in an affirmation that brings about its fulfillment? What faculty of mind is most necessary to make our affirmations effective?